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by following these steps

Find out all of the steps you need to take to get registered for online classes. If you are new to Foothill College or if you were not registered last quarter then you must apply before you may register for classes.

If you are new to online learning then take the self-assessment questionnaire to see if you are ready to be an online learner. Get acquainted with Etudes, the online course platform that most instructors use to host their classes.

Apply and Register

Before registering you must submit an application to Foothill College. Visit the Foothill website for other important dates.
  1. Apply Online
    After you apply you must wait until your application has been processed before you can register for classes.
    The wait is usually about a day during registration.
  2. Contact Counseling - Academic advising help
  3. Financial Aid - Learn more at the Foothill website
  4. Online Degrees & Certificates - Browse fully online degrees and certificates
  5. View Online Course Descriptions - Decide which courses to take
  6. Registration
    • Add Codes - How and when to request an add code
  7. International Student Registration

Fully Online vs. Hybrid?

Look at the end of the section number for your class to find out if it is fully online or hybrid. Visit Online Course Information for the schedule.

Fully Online: If you see a W, then the class is fully online and takes place almost completely via the Internet. For example:

ACTG 001A.08W (ACTG F001A08W) is a fully online class because there is a "W" at the end of the section number.

Hybrid: If you see a Y, then the class is hybrid and takes place via the Internet AND on campus. For details, contact the instructor, Campus Directory.

New Online Students - Reality Check

Complete our Reality Check to see if you are ready to be an online learner.

Step 1: Take our self-assessment questionnaire now!

This questionnaire will give you an idea whether or not you have the personality traits, learning aptitude, technical knowledge, hardware and software, and study skills for online learning.

Step 2: Complete our online learning tour.

Our online learning orientation offers an overview as to how online learning works, how courses are set up, what tools are generally used, what is expected of you, how interaction takes place, and how to succeed online.

Online Learning: Self-Paced Introduction - Tutorial about online learning at your own pace

Also, see Learning to Learn Online and How to Succeed in Online College Courses.

Access Your Online Course

Most students will NOT be able to login to online courses until the first day that the quarter starts.

Note that not all instructors use Etudes so it is really important to find out what they are using instead for delivering their online material.

  • Visit the Course Info page and find your course to see what your instructor requires.
  • Or contact the instructor directly for details. Use the Faculty Directory to find contact information.

Be sure to check for email from your instructor at the email account that you provided when you applied for admission to Foothill College.

Please notify your instructor immediately if you are having problems accessing course materials. Do not put it off or quit logging on because if you don't "show up" for any length of time you may be dropped from the course. Please refer to the instructor's syllabus for "attendance and withdrawal" policy.

Etudes - Online Classroom


Online Tutoring

The Teaching and Learning Center is excited to offer online Reading and Writing support for Foothill College students who are currently enrolled in online courses. For details, visit Online Tutoring.

In addition to online tutoring through the Teaching and Learning Center, Foothill College is partnering with OpenStudy to offer you learning support. Visit Tutoring for more information.

The PSME Center also offers online tutorial resources including an online forum and scheduled live webconferencing.

Last Updated March 11, 2015
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